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Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale, Arizona Unemployment

The BLS reported that the unemployment rate for Phoenix fell 0.5 percentage points in February 2019 to 4.3%. For the same month, the metro unemployment rate was 0.8 percentage points lower than the Arizona rate. The unemployment rate in Phoenix peaked in November 2009 at 10.3% and is now 6.0 percentage points lower. From a post peak low of 3.7% in May 2018, the unemployment rate has now grown by 0.6 percentage points. You can also compare Phoenix unemployment with unemployment in other cities.

Unemployment Rate February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
National 3.8% -0.2 -0.3
Arizona 5.1% 0.0 +0.3
Phoenix 4.3% -0.5 -0.1
Note: Metro level data is now seasonally adjusted.1 All comparisons are made with February 2019 data as March metro level unemployment data has not yet been released.

Unemployment Rate: Phoenix, Arizona, National

Phoenix, Arizona monthly unemployment rate chart

Note: Recessions shown in gray.

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployed

The number of people unemployed in Phoenix peaked in October 2009 at 213,667. There are now 106,158 fewer people unemployed in the metropolitan area. From a recent trough of 87,020 in May 2018, the number of unemployed has now grown by 20,489. Phoenix employment and jobs data (including jobs lost/gained in Phoenix, Arizona) is also available.

Unemployed Persons February 2019 Month/Month Year/Year
Phoenix 107,509 -10,712 +2,712

Number of Unemployed Persons

Phoenix, Arizona Unemployment History

Date National
Unemployment Rate
Arizona
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployment Rate
Phoenix
Unemployed
March
2019
3.8% 5.0%
February
2019
3.8% 5.1% 4.3% 107,509
January
2019
4.0% 5.1% 4.8% 118,221
December
2018
3.9% 4.9% 4.5% 108,657
November
2018
3.7% 4.9% 4.0% 96,605
October
2018
3.8% 4.9% 4.0% 94,999
September
2018
3.7% 4.8% 4.2% 99,529
August
2018
3.8% 4.8% 4.3% 100,506
July
2018
3.9% 4.7% 4.1% 95,520
June
2018
4.0% 4.7% 3.9% 90,548
May
2018
3.8% 4.7% 3.7% 87,020
April
2018
3.9% 4.8% 4.0% 95,448

1. Metro area unemployment rates are now seasonally adjusted. The BLS has started publishing smoothed seasonally adjusted metropolitan area data which makes comparisons to state and national data more relevant than the unadjusted numbers.